The historic site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired is no longer flying versions of the Confederate flag above it. The U.S. National Park Service ordered all flags except the U.S. flag to be taken down at the Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston Harbor.

The banners that were removed are neither the traditional Confederate flag that’s most typically displayed by individuals nor the battle flag version that has been flying on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia. Instead, the flags taken down were the less frequently seen national banners of the Confederacy. The park service also took down the South Carolina state flag. On April 12, 1861, the Confederate army fired artillery at the federal military installation, which is located in Charleston Harbor, in the first armed conflict of the Civil War. Union forces surrendered 34 hours later, and for four years, the fort remained in Confederate hands. FULL REPORT